On the surface, Filter Forge is just a Photoshop plugin, a pack of filters that generate textures, create visual effects, enhance photos, process images. However, there are 3 things that make Filter Forge unique!
1. You can create your own filters. Filter Forge comes with a visual node-based editor allowing you to create your own filters – textures, effects, distortions, backgrounds, frames, you name it. All filters automatically support 16- and 32-bit modes in Photoshop, real-world HDRI lighting, bump and normal maps, huge resolutions, and most filters can be seamlessly tiled.
2. You get free access to 7249 user-created filters. Anyone can contribute their textures and effects to the online filter collection so it grows with every submitted filter. This means the more people use Filter Forge, the better it gets.
3. Contributors get Filter Forge for free. You submit filters, they get popular with the users, we send you a free copy of Filter Forge. Sounds simple but don’t expect a giveaway, you will have to earn it.
The most important feature of Filter Forge – a visual node-based editor which lets you create your own visual effects and procedural textures without a single line of code.
Most filters in Filter Forge support seamless tiling, even for non-square textures. A simple one-click operation, Seamless Tiling works no matter whether you have downloaded the filter or created it yourself in Filter Editor.
Bump and Normal Maps
Filter Forge can generate diffuse, bump, specular and normal maps for its filters – most seamlessly tiled, and all fully anti-aliased and perfectly matching each other – a real life-saver for artists working on textures for next-gen games.
All filters in Filter Forge are generated procedurally and don’t depend on external bitmaps; therefore, they are resolution-independent. You can render the same filter in any resolution without losing any detail.